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Family events
For the week of Sept. 10-16
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This week

Fall Arts Festival, Flowery Branch. Art, children's activities, book bags and T-shirts for sale. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Spout Springs Library, 6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch.

Vogel's Mountain Music/Arts and Craft Day Festival, Blairsville. Live music and arts and crafts booths. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Vogel State Park, 7485 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville. $5 parking; $2 children, $5 adults; no pets allowed near music or crafters. 706-745-2628.

Old Milton Country Fair, Alpharetta. "Old-time" children's games, square dancing, arts and crafts, antique wagon, tractor and car show and watermelon- and pickle-eating contests. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Milton Center, 125 Milton Ave., Alpharetta. Free. 770-653-6821.

Snake Day, Gainesville. See live native and exotic snakes and reptiles and learn their importance in nature. Crafts and activities. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $5 adults, $3 children age 2-12, free for members. 706-535-1976.

Family Sunday, Gainesville. "Civil War Encampment." Civil war reenactors, displays and crafts. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. $5 per family for nonmembers, free for members. 770-297-5900 or


Hobo Supper & Cake Walk, Toccoa. Ham, pinto beans, slaw and cornbread. 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17, Stephens County Senior Center, Rose Lane, Toccoa. $5. 706-886-4740.  

"Elmo's Green Thumb," Atlanta. Sesame Street Live. 7 p.m. Sept. 17; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 18; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19; 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. $17-$87. Ticketmaster.

Mountaineer Festival, Clayton. Parade, street dance, old-fashioned contests and bluegrass music. 6 p.m. Sept. 18 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 19, downtown Clayton. 706-982-2304 or 706-782-4512.

Suwanee Day, Suwanee. Parade, arts and crafts, flag ceremony and fireworks. Blessid Union of Souls will perform at 8 p.m.; festival, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 19, Town Center Park, intersection of Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suwanee. Free.

Fall Fest 2009, Cleveland. Rides, games, face painting and Cabbage Patch characters. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19, BabyLand General Hospital, 73 W. Underwood St., Cleveland. Admission and activities free. 706-865-2172, ext. 241.   

Antique tractor/equipment show, Clermont. North Hall FFA Alumni. Door prizes, food for sale. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19, intersection of U.S. 129 and Clarks Bridge Road, Clermont. Free. Rain or shine. 770-534-2638.

Dahlonega 175th Birthday Celebration, Dahlonega. Farmers market, antique vendors, event re-enactments, gold mining demonstrations and birthday party. Sept. 19-20, Hancock Park, off the Dahlonega square. 706-864-3711 or 706-864-5991.

Miss Hoschton Scarecrow Pageant, Hoschton. Sept. 24, Towne Center, Hoschton. Enter the contest by creating a scarecrow and dressing it in an evening gown; creators must live in Hoschton or within a 10-mile radius of Hoschton Depot; entry forms, biographies and photos due Sept. 10 at Hoschton City Hall. $10 per entry.

Grace-Calvary Heritage Festival, Clarkesville. Scarecrow competition, parade, "Just a Taste" hors d'oeuvres reception, artists and live music. Sept. 25-27, Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church, 260 E. Green St., Clarkesville. $10 to enter a scarecrow. Benefits youth mission trips. 706-754-7114.

Foxfire Fall Heritage Festival, Dillard. Arts and crafts, demonstrations, games, live music. Benefits Foxfire's student programs in Rabun County. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26, Dillard City Hall, downtown Dillard. $4 adults, $2 ages 6-10, free for age 5 and younger. 706-746-5828 or

Cumming Country Fair and Festival, Cumming. Rides, Heritage Village and concerts. 4 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday Oct. 8-18, Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. $7 adults, $3 ages 5-18, free for age 4 and younger; advance tickets, $5 adults, $2 ages 5-18; $3 parking. 770-781-3491. 

Mule Camp Market, Gainesville. Vendors, artists, food and live music. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 11, downtown Gainesville square. Concert 7-11 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10.

Family Sunday, Gainesville. "Cherokee in Northeast Georgia." Learn what life was like for the Cherokee before the Trail of Tears. 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 11, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville.  $5 per family for nonmembers, free for members. 770-297-5900 or

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Hiawassee. Arts and crafts, demonstrations, Georgia State Fiddlers' Convention and other live music. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Oct. 9-17; Fiddlers' Convention, Oct. 17. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. $9 adults, age 9 and younger free. $2 parking. No pets allowed. 706-896-4191 or

Gold Rush Festival, Dahlonega. Arts and crafts booths, parade, hog calling and buck dancing contests, live music and children's activities. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 17-18, downtown Dahlonega square. Free. 706-864-7247 or 800-231-5543.

Dawson County Moonshine Festival, Dawsonville. Crafts, food, live music, children's activities, parade and car show. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24-25, downtown Dawsonville square. Free. 877-302-9271.

Nightfall Halloween Festival, Gainesville. Kid-friendly festival. Kids can learn about nocturnal creatures, see live animals, do crafts and listen to stories. Oct. 24 and 30, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $3 Elachee members, $5 nonmembers. 770-535-1976.


Maize Quest, Alto. "Georgia grown"-themed cornfield maze. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 14. Flashlight nights, dusk to 10 p.m. beginning Sept. 12, Jaemor Farm, 5340 Ga. 365, Alto. $8 adults, $7 ages 4-7, free for children age 3 and younger. $5 hayride. 770-869-3999.

North Georgia Corn Maze, Cleveland. Corn maze, hay rides, movie screenings and the Dungeon of Fear. Maze, 4 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, 4 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 22; Dungeon of Fear, 6:30 p.m. to close various days Sept. 19-Nov. 7; movies throughout season each Friday and Saturday at dark. North Georgia Corn Maze, 559 Tom Bell Road, Cleveland. Maze, $9-$10; Dungeon of Fear, $14-$15; hayride, $4-$5. 800-959-1874 or

"Tools for Living," Sautee. Exhibit of tools used to sustain early valley inhabitants. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sautee Nacoochee Community Association History Museum, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee. 706-878-3300. 

Story times, Hall County. Children can listen to stories, sometimes read by special guests. Various days and times at libraries in the Hall County Library System. Free.

"Waters of Time: The Chicopee Woods Story," Gainesville. Learn about previous eras and inhabitants of Chicopee Woods. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturdays, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $3 adults, $2 children ages 2-12, age 1 and younger and members free. 770-535-1976.